Trump to speak at annual March for Life

Donald Trump will become the first sitting president to speak at the annual anti-abortion March for Life today via satellite, according to Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire. This move once again panders to the fan base that got Trump elected in the first place and conveniently comes at a time the president is fighting back against allegations that he paid hush money to a porn star who he said reminded him of his daughter. (You know, family values.)

shutterstock_560025514Every year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, thousands of people flock to Washington D.C. to protest and pray that the decision to legalize abortion will one day be overturned. Because if the Supreme Court even reversed that ruling, abortions would magically stop and no women would ever need one.

Shapiro says:

This is a moral move for Trump — Roe v. Wade, decided in 1973, is not only one of the worst legal decisions in American history, but one of the most immoral. Abortions have been declining markedly across the United States since their heyday in the 1990s; in 1990, for example, the Centers for Disease Control reported 1.4 million abortions, while in 2013, that number was 644,435, less than half. The American people have also become significantly more pro-life over the decades, thanks to the hard work of the pro-life movement.

Decreasing abortion rates almost certainly have more to do with comprehensive sex education in public schools, affordable contraceptives, and measures to make parenting more affordable. While many pro-lifers support these measures, many more don’t.

Speaking at the March for Life is also a smart political move for Trump — it’s a low cost way to reassure his base that he still maintains their priorities, especially in light of new reports regarding his sexual profligacy while married. Evangelical Christians have been Trump’s most solid supporters, and they will likely continue to do so if he speaks out strongly against abortion, despite his checkered history on the issue.

This is both entirely accurate and a not-so-flattering portrait of evangelical Christians, who will apparently let Trump get away with anything as long as he is with them on this one issue.

That description also reads like a textbook example of an abusive relationship: Trump says or does something bad. His supporters get angry or embarrassed. They try to excuse his behavior, even though it’s beyond excusable to those of us on the outside even on their terms. But then, Trump shows up with flowers a decision to speak at a march against abortion, and just like that, he’s forgiven.

You see, his followers say, He didn’t mean to pay $130,000 to that porn star to shut her up after she spanked him on the ass with a Forbes magazine! He really is a good Christian!

And round and round it goes; a vicious, ugly cycle.

There’s little doubt the media will savage Trump for speaking at the March For Life — they’ll suggest that he’s a sexist, since the media routinely conflate protection of the unborn with hatred of women, a nonsensical and deeply disgusting conflation. But that may be good for Trump, too: most Americans don’t see pro-lifers as sexist at root, and pro-lifers certainly won’t stand for such an insulting proposition.

Trump is sexist, for a growing list of reasons. And there are plenty of examples of how the Right’s policies display a hatred of women whether or not they want to admit it. After all, they want to shut down Planned Parenthood, even though abortions amount to less than approximately 3% of their services. Millions of women — myself included — rely on Planned Parenthood for healthcare services that have nothing to do with abortion, or even sex, such as cancer screenings and pap smears. To suggest otherwise, despite the facts, is also an “insulting proposition.”

I wonder how many protestors will show up with signs asking why, if Trump is so passionate about saving the unborn, he’s not doing a damn thing to restore CHIP, which thousands of children are dependent upon.

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This post originally appeared on Patheos


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4 thoughts on “Trump to speak at annual March for Life

  1. The right to life movement makes no sense to me. People will bend over backwards to save the fetus, but then they stop caring as soon as the living child needs the support of society. Evangelicals have been fleeced by Trump. How they wound up together makes no sense. He is about the least Christian (meaning follower of Christ) person in politics.

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  2. Meanwhile, every time some of our legislators at the Capital seem to have arrived at a workable bipartisan deal on the Dreamers, the border, health care, or nearly anything else, he throws a monkey wrench with a Tweet, or contradicts his advisers (or himself), or a disgusting outburst in a meeting. In a way, all of that is the same pandering to parts of his shrinking base as this speech to the anti women’s rights (no mistake, its not just about abortion, its about “a woman’s place”) marchers, and his own emotional reactions to the last thing he saw on TV.

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  3. I LOVE YOU!!!!!
    Seriously, thank you for this piece. How can the folks showing up at that rally today (not to mention anyone who supports him, whatever their reasons) not recognize that every damn word out of that man’s mouth is 100% bullshit? He has no convictions, no real beliefs, no actual stance on any subject.
    And…as always, it makes my physically ill that these folks at the rally make so much noise that they’re commonly accepted as the face of “Christian.” I worked full time in church ministry for 13 years, but I fully support reproductive rights, and I donate to Planned Parenthood. Those March for Lifers (in name only, as you point out) absolutely do not speak for what I understand Christianity to be.

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